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Manatees seek out warm waters near FPL power plant in Riviera Beach

Posted at 6:35 PM, Feb 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 18:35:50-05

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. -- Chilly temperatures are affecting marine life.

Manatees were spotted huddling near FPL's Riviera Beach power plant on Sunday, taking advantage of the warm water outflows to stay warm.

The chilly manatees were spotted during the fourth annual Manatee Fest.

Its goal is to raise awareness and conservation of the "sea cows".

Brittany Diloreto, spokesperson for Manatee Lagoon said, "They actually need warm water for survival. They can’t usually survive in temperatures less than 68 degrees. So this is were they come to hang out and stuff safe during the winter months and we use this as an opportunity to educate people all about them and make a difference in helping conserve them."

The event also featured workshops on reducing human impact and arts and crafts for families wanting to show their support.